Coming into the The Ultimate Fighter 6 it was crystal clear as to who the favorites and underdogs were. Phoenix, Arizona’s Richie Hightower was no doubt viewed as a long shot to win the reality show. So, it was kind of surprising to see Hightower make it to the quarterfinals of TUF 6 and then put up a good a strong fight against highly-favored George Sotiropoulos. While he ended up losing to the lanky Australian, Hightower gained a lot of respect for his showing against Sotiropoulos.
His mildly successful performance on the show led some to believe he would defeat Troy Mandaloniz at The Ultimate Fighter Finale last year (fine, it was last month but I love saying things like that after new year’s – call me old school).
Despite the loss (and brutal KO) Hightower still believes he has a spot with the king of MMA. Take a listen as he discusses his unlikely road to the UFC, his experience as a reality TV star and his future plans in the sport.
Richie Hightower – 1/2/07